The Featured Member for March 2014 is Tom Stoeri
What town do you live in?
We live in North Coventry Township, in northern Chester County.
What is your age?
Time seems to fly by after retiring in 2010, but my chronological age is 67. But when I look in the mirror I still see someone younger.
How old were you when you developed an interest in Photography?
Following graduation from the University of Michigan, I had a job offer from GE Space Division in King of Prussia, PA. I moved out here from Michigan and soon developed an interest in photography as a hobby. It held my interest as it is a nice blend of technology and artistry. So long story short – my interest in photography started in my early 20’s.
What was your first camera?
With my first job in engineering came some extra dollars. The first item I was interested in was a camera. I knew little about photography at the time, but knew I wanted a 35mm SLR so I could interchange lenses. I purchased a Pentax 35mm film camera. I do not remember the model. But the price was right and I began to shoot film.
Have you had any training in Photography? If so, please describe.
I have had little formal training, but have become a student of the art and science of photography. My profession as an Aerospace and Systems Engineer brought me into contact with cutting edge technology in digital electronics, optics, information processing and large data processing systems. Imaging was part of my job working with weather and earth observation satellite development, and photography is a nice avocation where I can apply some of that knowledge. I self-taught myself the zone system for black and white photography, set up my own darkroom and developed film and made prints for 15 years. Then children became a full time occupation for a while and then I entered the digital age with a purchase of a Nikon D70 in 2004..
Do you belong to any other Photography Organizations? (PSA, PPA, NAPP, etc.)
Not at this time..
Is photography a hobby, a serious pursuit, your profession?
Photography has always been a serious pursuit for me. With retirement from Lockheed in 2010, I now have more time to enjoy the capture of photos along with improving my “digital darkroom” workflow.
What types of photography interest you the most? (ex: Portraits, Landscapes, Weddings, Nature, Travel, Glamour, etc. List all that apply)
Outdoor photography of all types holds my interest the most. This includes travel photography, nature, macro, and now family photography with eight grandchildren as subjects.
How long have you been a member of The Berks Photographic Society?
I have been a member of BPS for three years now.
What do you see as the biggest benefit of being a member of The Berks Photographic Society.
BPS provides an opportunity to learn and improve your photographic skills. BPS is a source of honest feedback as to what others see in your photographs. BPS is a friendly group and I encourage all members to submit their best to the monthly photo contests. What I find valuable is the feedback from these “contests”. For me the biggest benefit comes from the critiques not only of my photos, but of other photos as well. The critique is the quickest way to improve my technique and most valuable.
Do you have a website, or profile where we can see more of your work?
I invite folks to provide feedback on my photos at http://thomasstoeri.smugmug.com/.
Is there anything else that you would like people to know about you or your photography?
I share my passion for photography with my wife Meg who also likes to shoot photos. Some of our most memorable times together have been when we are out and about or traveling with the purpose of “being on the hunt” for new photographic perspectives or looking for that fleeting moment when the light is just right and we capture (or attempt to) the photo.
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